After punking out with The Jam and going totally 80s with The Style Council, Paul Weller wasn’t confined by any of his prior work when setting out on a solo career with his self titled first LP.
But make no mistake, he wasn’t giving anything up in personal or musical style. This record has more of a soulful feel than previous group projects, and while some critics have overlooked this record, repeated plays over the years truly reveal the genius fully at work here.
Like every other Paul Weller record to follow, the S/T disc is awash in groove and texture. It’s a homogenous record that feels completely thought out from start to finish, without a single clunker to be found.
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